My 10 Least Favourite Games

For my 3rd blog for #Blogmas 2019, I’ve decided to list my least favourite games to play.
As usual with any lists such as these, the 10 games mentioned here are not necessarily bad – some are actually greatly loved by many – nor is this an attack on those who made the games or on those who enjoy playing them. These are 10 games that, for whatever reason, give me little to no enjoyment when playing them.

10 Dungeons & Dragons

Right, I’ll start off with a whole gaming genre I’ve admittedly never even tried. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve never had the opportunity to try it, but I just have no interest in this type of role-playing game. I’ve watched all of Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop gaming videos on youtube – except for the role-playing ones. I started watching them, but quickly became bored. This is clearly a reflection on me, because most of the comments of those videos are full of praise by people really enjoying watching them and wanting more.

9 Warhammer

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the lore, played the computer games and am supporting my kids’ interest in it. I’ve even picked up a box or two to build and paint myself. However, having seen it played, it seems to be a whole load of bother (and ££££s!) to play a pretty straightforward combat game that could be done just as easily with much, much cheaper tokens. It seems to me one either plays just Warhammer, or everything else – but not both. I’ve gone for everything else (apart from what’s on this list).

8. Talisman

This is fantasy Monopoly really. Yes, there’s a little bit more to it than than, but not really. Spoilers: See below for Monopoly.

7. Pandemic

Going for some controversial ones here, I know. This cooperative disease-combating beat-the-game best-seller should have me bouncing with joy whenever I get the opportunity to play it. I’ve played it five times now, with wins and losses, and have felt the same level of ‘meh’ upon each conclusion. I don’t know what it is, but I just get nothing from this game.

6. Star Wars: X-Wing

Like with Warhammer, this comes with a hefty tug on the finances for some gorgeous miniatures that… convey pretty much not a single ounce of dog-fighting excitement or immersive thrills. Tried this at a gaming convention and walked away after less than half an hour to find something more interesting to do.

5. Scotland Yard

Can we catch the baddie? Only if we rely on public transport we happen to have the right tickets for. Okay, the theme’s a little weak, but I just found the whole thing a very bland experience.

4. Monopoly

Ah, that game forever synonymous with rainy holidays with the family. Yes, it comes with many a fond memory (and back in the 80s there wasn’t the plethora of great games that there are now – you lucky things) but it’s not a good game by any stretch of the imagination. With little more player involvement than roll-and-move which we mastered with Snakes and Ladders, this game just goes on far too long and is only fun when you’re winning.

3. Battlestar Galactica

Only once have I been more bored playing a board game. Despite putting on the epic music from the tv show, this game dragged on its dismal way and the end couldn’t come quick enough. I can’t even remember the outcome.

2. The Fury Of Dracula

This was the 3rd edition. This made Scotland Yard look exciting. The most boring game for me to play. Didn’t see the point of it to be honest. This shouldn’t be an enjoyable game only for whoever plays as Dracula.

1. Chronicles Of Narnia: The Board Games

Ok, this was flat-out a terrible game where players took turns to spin a spinner a collect the relevant piece of a scene from the BBC TV adaptation. Repeat until someone completes all their scenes first. A dull and meaningless game given a basic thematic face-lift to fool idiots like me buying it from a charity shop for 50p.

There we go. Not many of those are going to be popular, I can tell.
I do love playing games, just not these ones.
So, what games do you just not get or enjoy?

Games Night 16th November 2017

A very warm welcome to HG this week. Her addition to the group brought the grand total of players for tonight up to 3.
To start off with, we attempted to save the world from the sniffles, barnacles, crazy itches and death with:

by Zman Games.
With HG being very new to the gaming world, she opted for the easier game.
DA was the Dispatcher (can move other players on his turn)
HG was the Medic (can treat diseases more efficiently)
MC was the Scientist (can find the cure quicker)
The BREXIT HYSTERICS was the first to be cured, MC very quickly amassed the four cards he needed and hopped into the research station and did whatever one does in those places to turn cards into a cure. HC used her super powers to completely eradicate the BREXIT HYSTERICS, giving us a little breathing room when EPIDEMICS broke out. Meanwhile the horrific FLAMING TOENAIL DISEASE had grown considerably in north African and west Asia. This was the source of the first OUTBREAK.
All three intrepid germ busters flew into the middle east and managed to equip MC with enough black cards needed to cure it. In doing so the sale of replacement footwear dropped considerably.

By this time, the OVERWHELMING STUPIDITY had reached a critical point in South America with a potential massive chain reaction that would exhaust the yellow OVERWHELMING STUPIDITY cubes imminently, particularly after another EPIDEMIC card that moved the card marker to 3 with only five cards to be shuffled and placed back on the top. 3 of those cards were cities known to hold 3 disease cubes already. Fortunately, it was only Algiers in North Africa so, although there was an OUTBREAK, no chain reaction occurred and the sale of shoes briefly increased once again. It also happened to be where HG was hanging out with her super-cure all remedy handy. Some quick action by DA and HG brought us back from the brink regarding the yellow OVERWHELMING STUPIDITY cubes and DA was able to find the cure for the slow-spreading SLIGHTLY SORE BUT NOT VERY SORE FINGER CONDITION.
MC was all set to cure find the cure for the OVERWHELMING STUPIDITY when the final EPIDEMIC struck. It was a non-event, however and MC managed to develop the cure for the OVERWHELMING STUPIDITY that had South America in its thrall. We won. Woo.

Next up, we played two games of:

by Space Cowboys
We utilised MC’s automatic card shuffler, that was excellent at shuffling all the blue gem cards together.
MC went first to give, HG time to get to grips with the game-play. On numerous occasions she pointed out that her brain was on the brink of exploding.

DA managed to attain 15 points with the visitation of his second noble.
MC won the second round and didn’t own or hold a gem for the majority of the game.

Finally, we played two games newly acquired:

by Moonster Games.
Disaster struck as it transpired that these cards were a little taller than standard cards and wouldn’t fit in the automatic card shuffler. So we had to endure MC’s bloody awful “shuffling”.
HG dominated the Time Travellers in this game and DA quickly acquired the Yi’s Legacy token (dubbed the Super-Happy-Fun token by MC). MC stole it towards the end of the game.
At game’s end the scores were:
DA: 12
HG: 14 – The Winner!
MC: 10 (doubled the score of 5 thanks to the Super-Happy-Fun token)

In the second game, HG again seemed to keep getting the Time Travellers. DA once again got the Super-Happy-Fun-Token that was once again stolen, this time by HG.
At game’s end the scores were:
DA: 34 – The Winner!
HG: 14 (doubled the score of 7 thanks to the Super-Happy-Fun token)
MC: 20
All good stuff, that was a fun evening.
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Games Night 28th September 2017

Four of us this week.
Kicked off with the DA’s copy of the infeasibly popular cooperative game of

by Zman Games.
DA was the Quarantine Specialist
KV was the Medic
MC was the Operations Expert
TS was the Dispatcher
MC started and quickly set to building Research Stations and flying off to Asia. DA also made his way to Eastern Europe where a large accumulation of the black disease was spreading. KV too found his way to Asia to stem the flow of the Red disease. TS followed suite.
By this time at least four epidemics had happened and a few outbreaks had … erm … broken out. Yellow, red and black were looking very threatening. Blue was doing not much at all.
After a clever bit of personnel management, DA held 5 red cards and was at a Research Station. KV very quickly eliminated the remainder of the Red while MC, DA and TS tried to tackle the Yellow and Black. Blue still wasn’t doing much but sat quietly in London.
With only one outbreak away from failure, we had the board under control. The London had an outbreak.

Game Over.

Next up we played

by Gamelyn Games.
DA played as the Merfolk
KV played as the Elves
MC played as the Dark Elves
TS played as the Humans.

KV utilised the Elves mana strength by going all-in on mana for his starting resources. This quickly paid off for him and he remained a powerful player throughout the game. DA also focused on building up a strong mana stockpile. MC and TS tried to do stuff in the game. There was only two brief scuffles, otherwise this was a largely peaceful game.
KV triggered the endgame by attaining level 5 magic. MC followed him with this achievement.
Final scores:
DA: 15
KV: 17
MC: 15
TS: 9
Well done KV!

With a bit o’ time left we had a go at KV’s newly acquired

by Repos Production.
We very quickly got the hang of this speedy and fun game and the bullets were soon metaphorically flying.

DA stood up to one bullet too many and died a death of being shot a lot.
TS was next to bite the bullet, but did wound MC before he did so.
KV and MC were left to face-off against one another with KV being unsuccesful in shooting MC at all.
MC was the victor with over $300,000.

Games Night 7th July 2016

With 4 players expected, PH and MC had to find something to do while AL and SF were delayed upon finding SF’s stolen bicycle chained to a fence one the way over. There’s a story involving the police, armed police, the fire service and a penknife, but that’s not why we’re here…

So, with just the two of us we had a quick game of:
King Of Tokyo

MC played as Boogie Wookie against PH’s Cyber Bunnie.
Boogie Woogie was first into Tokyo and dominated for a bit before slinking off to lick his wounds.
Boogie Woogie vs. The Cyber Bunny
Cyber Bunny wasn’t in Tokyo long, but was rolling some serious points. Boogie Woogie managed to grow a second head and gained an extra die but lost out in the end to the Cyber Bunny’s crippling final roll of five 3’s. One of these days we’ll get to play this with more that 2 players…

Next up came:
Star Trek CCG
MC saw red as the Klingons and PH felt a bit green with the Romulans. We used the pre-constructed decks that MC devised many a year ago.
After a quick appraisal of the rules – it’s been a long time since this was last played – the missions and dilemmas were laid out and play commenced. Both players suffered from an acute case of not being able to shuffle worth a damn. Finally usable stuff came forth and PH was quick to complete his first two missions before losing his entire away team to a wall of fire.
Romulans vs. Klingons
MC finally got underway and, though thwarted on a few missions, quickly completed a host of missions. Neither side were willing to undergo a combat situation. AL and SF finally made an appearance so Star Trek was quickly concluded in MCs favour as he was comfortably in the lead with only 3 missions available for PH to catch up with.

Pandemic

With the joint highest number of votes (2), MC had steeled himself with the prospect of playing something cooperatively.
So here goes:
Specialties were:
AL – Researcher
MC – Medic
PH – Dispatcher
SF – Operations expert
MC headed of to Europe to deal with the contagion there while SF travelled to South America and set up a fresh new Research Station and find the cure to the Yellow Lurgie. Soon, the world was safe with this now-extinct disease. MC soon found the antidote to Black Cubes and things were looking well in hand, until suddenly the Blue Screen of Death exhausted its supply of cubes and plunged the world into a permanent state of Game Over You Lose!
It's the Blue Screen of Death!!!